Early Sunday morning the Young Playwrights Inc. offices were destroyed in a fire. We’ve enclosed a few pictures of the aftermath. Although we are extremely relieved that no one was hurt, the fact remains that after months of working to creatively move the organization forward, we are now facing new challenges. We know that many of you will instantly ask “How can I help?” and we are grateful for your generosity – a couple of ways to assist are available at the end of this email.
It would be all too easy to pass along only this devastating information – we’re certainly still recovering from the shock – but we think it’s important to focus on the innovative ways that Young Playwrights Inc. has been working to fulfill its mission. So, to that end, here’s a bit of what we’ve been up to:
- We are now recognizing our National Competition winners through weekly interviews with Elizabeth, our Literary Manager. If you haven’t been getting the emails, the articles are available on our News Desk.
- Additionally, in January, we are opening up our Young Playwrights Conference Reading Series to a wider audience by using the larger space at Cherry Lane Theatre.
- Nicole, our Education Program Manager, has been heading up a major project to retool our Curriculum Guide to improve usability and clarity, giving more teachers access to our curriculum even if they are not able to bring one of our workshops into their classrooms or travel to New York to train with us.
As the recovery process gets underway we hope to keep you informed with our progress. In the meantime, everyone here is committed to serving our playwrights with no interruption and we hope you will help us fulfill that mandate. Every Tuesday, 14 young writers have been coming to our office to hone their craft in our Advanced Playwriting Workshop and, other than rescheduling this Tuesday’s session, we will continue the program as promised and are in the process of seeking out friendly spaces to host us while we get back on our feet. This January we have the eight winners of our National Playwriting Competition coming to workshop their plays and we have no intention of changing their experience in any way. Our upcoming competitions will continue as normal and we are already working on new systems to make this process as efficient as possible under the circumstances.
Over the past 30 years our organization has weathered many storms, and there is no doubt in our minds that by working together we will bounce back stronger than ever.
With great hope,
The Young Playwrights Inc. Team:
Sheri Goldhirsch, Amanda Junco, Elizabeth Bojsza, and Nicole Lorenzetti
Make A Donation
Because all of our equipment and supplies have been destroyed, what we need most is money. To make a donation you can mail a check to our Post Office Box (address listed below) or make a donation through Paypal.
Be A Volunteer
We know that we will need extra hands along the way. If you are interested in volunteering please email us your name and the skills you think would be most useful to us to admin[at]youngplaywrights.org (these do not have to be restricted to cleanup and rebuilding!)